RV Road Trips
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RV Road Trips for Baby-Boomers
I have several friends who have recently bought RVs and are traveling south through the United States for the winter. From what I hear and read on their Facebook posts, they are currently (winter 2017-2018) in Arizona enjoying the beach and car shows and concerts. What a life!!
I have another friend who was in her early 70s when she took her Class 1 drivers license with air brakes endorsement so she could drive the motor-home some of the time. My hat’s off to anyone who has the courage to drive big rigs and motor-homes!!!
There are many sizes and classes of RVs to choose from.
These are the largest and most expensive of motor-homes. Class A motor-homes are usually the bus-style models. One generally needs a Class #1 (Professional Driver’s license – with air brakes endorsement) to drive these motor-homes.
This class is often referred to as the camper van. Class B’s are more like a customized family van and are suited for one or two passengers.
Class C motor-homes, sometimes called mini motor-homes, are a more compact version of the larger Class A’s. These are mid-sized RVs that range from 20 to 33 feet.
When I was researching motor-homes at an RV show, I learned that this class of motor-home didn’t have a separate bedroom until the 29 foot and longer models. I considered that an interesting piece of information because, for my health conditions, I don’t want to have to climb into some kind of cab-over ‘loft’ to go to sleep.
I read that Class C motor-homes can be every bit as challenging to drive as the class A, but they are usually easier to manage in restricted camp sites. Travelers often tow a separate vehicle for excursions and errands behind a Class C motor-home.
I read that most of these larger version motor-homes are built on a heavier frame and diesel-powered, which helps them pull a heavier load than a gasoline engine.
(Source: This Old Campsite)
Towable RVs offer many advantages over the full-sized motor-homes. They are less expensive initially, more reliable, and they provide the convenience of a detachable vehicle that can be used to explore an area or run errands.
A serious enthusiast will consider the variety of options available on the market before making a decision.
- Travel Trailers
- 5th Wheel Trailers
- Folding and Tent Trailers
- Sport Utility RV Trailers / Toy Hauler
Things To Consider When Planning Your RV Road Trip
- When selecting which type of RV is best for you, it is important to carefully balance its capabilities and costs with your needs and goals.
- Diesel is considered better for traveling through mountainous regions… (I personally can’t stand the noise and vibration of diesel powered vehicles.)
- Check out the cost-benefits of one style of RV over the other.
- What are the maintenance costs of this?
- Regular maintenance?
- Costs for major repairs?
- Fuel costs?
- Know what YOUR personal travel and budget needs are:
- Do you want to stay on main, well-maintained highways?
- How much mountainous terrain will you be traversing?
- Is it easy to handle for driving, parking, backing up and turning?
- Can you park it in most campgrounds?
I personally can’t see me RVing across Canada or the USA. It seems to me that the cost of fuel for a large motor-home would be about the same as the cost of fuel for a car and a hotel room.
I think I would do better with a nice, comfortable, reliable car and stay in hotels or motels where I could enjoy my nightly baths for healing, and physical/emotional & spiritual ‘therapy’ after a long day of driving and sight-seeing.
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